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Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

This is one the super easiest and most accessible trails you’ll ever come across! It guides you through a forest of giant trees, some of which are older than 800 years!


The Big Tree


This was pretty interesting…

Living Tree Stump. The bark has covered it completely while its roots have grafted onto a living tree, where it soaks in the nutrients to survive.

Petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Vancouver Island

Petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Vancouver Island

After a short 7-10 min walk from the parking lot, you’ll come to the end of the trail, which leads you onto a dock outstretched onto the water where you will face a small rock cliff with the petroglyphs, named K’ak’awinon.  There are 9 designs in total and  historically, it was the Hupacasath First Nations that occupied this region.

Its hard to date petroglyphs due to erosion, but its accepted by the professionals that these particular designs could be as old as 10000 – 14000 years old.  

Could you imagine being the person that discovered these and the excitement it would have brought?! …  Meanwhile a few hundred feet away, some guy with hand tools is walking away….. 😉 

Visiting the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Visiting the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Location: Errington BC – Vancouver Island

I can’t rave enough about this place!  The enthusiasm of the volunteers, staff, the facility and the grounds layout was awesome.

Let me back up…

I had just finished checking out the Goats on Roof and the Marble Statues, and now it was time to continue on my way, but which way? That’s when I discovered there was a Wildlife Recovery Centre nearby.

Heading that way and having no idea what to expect or if visitors were even allowed to observe, I still had to check it out.

The parking entrance was being overlooked by volunteers, which could only mean one thing… this place was about to get busy and was preparing to welcome visitors!

Unknown to me at the time, it was actually Family Day at the NIWR and it was FREE! Even though today was free admission, it should be noted that what they normally charge is well worth checking this facility out! – NIWR website

What to expect ….

Obviously their primary focus is on the recovery & release of wild animals which include… well… almost everything from Black Bears, Cougars, Turtles, Ducks, Golden & Bald Eagles, other animals including Wild Turkeys. They also have a pond with frogs, newts, and other water critters.

This rooster was so interested in my camera that he kept following me and photobombing my shots,  but his attitude sure chanced when I brought out the frying pan.

I’m not sure about his story, other then he likes hanging out with the Wild Turkeys. I was told that “He thinks he’s a wild turkey” and tries to mimic them.  

The NIWR centre was more than just showing people recovering animals, it also had various buildings along with outdoor displays that provided tons of information. Some were interactive, including displays the volunteers were enthusiastically wanting to show off.

One volunteer had a long rope with key tags attached at various points. With my arms reaching outwards to the side, the rope was stretched over my the length of my arms, where a key tag hang. The key tag read, “If you were a bird, your arm span suggests you are a Turkey Vulture”. .. I want a second opinion….sigh, I’ve been called worse. 

I know you want to see more photos of the animals, but the cage wiring prevented me from capturing any good photos of the animals. Besides, the animals were best viewed in person, so I just enjoyed it without worrying about taking any more photos.

I highly recommend going to the NIWR, there’s lots to see & experience.
At the very least, check out their website – NIWR  

Note: Although my photos mostly show birds, that’s only because they were the easiest to photograph today.  All the other wildlife was a little more difficult to capture on camera.  So check out their website to see the other wildlife they care for. 

Marble Statues in the Middle of the Island ? Cool !

Marble Statues in the Middle of the Island ? Cool !

Located in Coombs BC, Vancouver Island and around the corner from Goats on Roof, you’ll come across an entrance way, marked by 2 huge marble statues, which will take you to the Emporium, an Asian influenced market place filled with amazing marble carved statues in the court yard.   It was amazing to see all these sculptures, which was totally unexpected, in the middle of the island. 

What you don’t see is what is inside the building, tons of beautiful wood carved works of art. You’ll have to go check it out! 

There were also a couple statues that are meant to be fun!

More Photos – A Visual Experience

 

Goats on Roof ? Cool !

Goats on Roof ? Cool !

As you enter Coombs BC, there is no doubt of what you just saw. The Old Country Market is famous for their Goats on the Roof, which is located right on the edge of the road, 2326 Alberni Hwy. You can’t miss it!


The market consists of gift shops, restaurants, garden supplies, a farmer’s market, along with buskers!  This is a nice little area to explore and enjoy!

Gotta love it when kids are brave enough to play in public.
Great musical talent by this two young kids, way to go!


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Waking up – surrounded by Nature

Waking up – surrounded by Nature

Waking up to the birds chirping in the background and the sun slowly coming over the tree tops, this was a beautiful morning to open the van’s sliding door. One can’t help but take in the fresh air while being surround by all this greenery.

Welcome to Rosewell Creek Provincial Park!


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Every once in a while, I’ll meet people who…

Every once in a while, I’ll meet people who…

…only want to send a friendly smile and hello to a stranger, without any type of agenda.

As I was walking along the waterfront with my camera in hand, these two ladies smiled and acknowledged my presence with a friendly “Hello! Welcome to Port Hardy!”.

I love it when people strike up a conversation for no other reason than to smile and say hello to a stranger. That’s exactly what these two nice ladies did.

We shared a few stories, laughs, and it was a great feeling to be welcomed to their community – Tsulqaute First Nations on the Northern Eastern Shores of Vancouver Island BC

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Bald Eagle named George

Bald Eagle named George

This is George, the resident Bald Eagle of Port Hardy, BC.  

I first observed George upon my arrival in Port Hardy at the beginning of summer. As usual, every morning and evening throughout the summer months, George sat in his favourite tree, located on the water front, which was only 200′ from where I was staying.

It’s pretty cool to wake up, look out my bedroom window and there was George, soaking in the beauty of the morning sunrise. He also had the perfect spot overlooking the waterfront, the town, the amazing scenery that northern Vancouver Island has to offer and of course the view of the snow peeked mountains from the mainland.

As for where he goes during the day, have no idea… but George isn’t the only bald eagle in the area. There are several! Throughout the day, bald eagles are soaring through the skies and I never know which is George, but I’m sure he’s up there.

Check out George among this group of bald eagles that were on the shoreline during low tide and only 100’ from his tree – The Storyteller – Bald Eagle talks up a storm!  

Just before I would retire for bed, looking out the window, there is George… sitting on top of his tree.

More photos of George and his friends – A Visual Experience 

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